|Fearne Belle by Alison Grant|
|Boutonnierre by LindenFlowers|
From the LindenFlowers shop which is based in Edinburgh, I have chosen this Scottish thistle, heather and tartan boutonnierre. Perhaps July is already too late for the wedding season rush, but I can imagine the groom, best man and ushers looking very smart with these. Made entirely with faux or dried flowers and plant stems so wilting will never be a problem, this boutonnierre features two faux Scottish eryngium thistle with two tufts of artificial purple Heather and the design is completed with a Pride of Scotland purple tartan ribbon. Each boutonniere costs £8 and can be shipped worldwide.
Elizabeth Gault is a jewellery maker from Kircudbright and the owner of
|Silver Scotland necklace by TartanTree|
|Card by DropSconeDesigns|
My fourth choice is a jokey handmade card from DropSconeDesigns in Stirling. Elegantly embossed with a design of birds sitting on telephone wires, it is printed with the Scottish dialect legend 'For ma burd'. The card is just £3 and is blank inside for the sender to write their own words, but after such a romantic message on the front, what else could there possibly be to say?! The card is handmade using recycled material and DropSconeDesigns only ships within the UK.
Handwoven items are a real luxury and this gorgeous purple coloured
|Scarf by Julia Complin|
|Old Culross by John Cowan|
John Cowan sells his original paintings through his shop, Fifeart, from Dunfermline. This deceptively simple village street scene is of Old Culross - apparently famous as the birthplace of Thomas Cochrane. I like the naivete of the composition and the strong blocks of colour which really made this painting stand out amongst a page of artworks. Painted in oils, the work measures 16 by 12 inches, is priced at the curious amount of £50.10 and can be shipped worldwide.
Can you believe that I have got all the way to my seventh choice before
|Belter and Cole chocolates|
|JamieFrameDesign topographical map|
Now this topographical wall map of Scotland is definitely something a bit different because it is actually three-dimensional. Created by JamieFrameDesign in Lanark, the necessary shapes are cut with a CNC router from birch plywood and then finished with natural wax to bring out the inner colours and grains of each layer. Computerised maps are used to ensure geographical accuracy of the finished product, and the grain of each layer is rotated differently from its neighbour to emphasise its height. JamieFrameDesign offer topographical wall maps of a number of the Scottish islands as well. The Scottish mainland map is £55 with birch veneer or £65 with one of a choice of other veneers, and can be shipped worldwide.
Glasgow is our destination to visit PeonyandThistle in order to take a
|Journal by PeonyandThistle|
|The Lonely Haggis by ScottishFred|
Also available for shipping worldwide is my final choice: a toy and interactive storybook for children and the young at heart. The Lonely Haggis With No Name is made in Fochabers by Scottish Fred. The storybook fits inside a pocket on the back of the stuffed upcycled-fabric haggis and the tale can be customised to fit requested names and particular dates. Set in the wilds of Scotland, this lonely haggis decides he or she needs a name and someone to love. I love the monster-like appearance and believe anything that encourages a love of books is a great idea! The Lonely Jaggis interactive storybook is £35.
I hope you have enjoyed this wander through the Scottish delights of Etsy. I am certainly now raring to get out and see the country again 'for real'. We plan to be here for only a week before heading back south again on this summer's tour but, having already enjoyed a couple of holidays north of the border, I am sure we will be back before long.